Five Non-Toxic Ways to Keep Pests Away

mouse-1708192_640Pests such as mice and cockroaches are hazardous and can expose your family to harmful diseases like Rickettsialpox and dysentery. When deciding on the best ways to prevent pests from entering your home or to get rid of pests, you’ll want to choose a method that’s non-toxic to protect your loved ones. Let’s review five non-toxic ways to prevent or get rid of pests.

Keep Your Kitchen and Bathroom Area Clean

The easiest and safest way to keep pests such as ants and cockroaches out of your home is to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean. Keep your counter tops free of crumbs and sticky messes, and seal any open containers (such as sugar or flour) tightly. Ants and cockroaches are attracted to water, so make sure the kitchen and bathroom areas stay dry. Also, check that you don’t have any leaks from the faucets, and don’t leave dish water in the sink overnight.

Vacuum Frequently

Pests such as dust mites are everywhere in your home, but vacuuming and washing linens regularly can help reduce exposure. You’ll want to vacuum your carpet, mattresses, and pillows to reduce exposure to dust mites. Also, wash your linens frequently at temperatures of 55 degrees Celsius or higher. If you have fleas in your carpet, you’ll need to thoroughly vacuum the area and then add flea powder to the vacuum bag to kill any fleas.

Seal Entry Points

When pests such as ants and cockroaches get into your home, try to find the source of entry and seal that area. You can use caulk or weather stripping to seal entry points, and you’ll also want to check window and door screens for rips and tears. Sealing windows and doors will also prevents mosquitos from entering your home. Remember: Pests such as mice and cockroaches can also enter your home through hard-to-reach places like air ducts.

Setting Traps

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Setting traps is an easy way to prevent and remove pests, and it eliminates the chances of accidental poisoning. Mouse traps in plastic enclosure boxes, non-toxic bait stations, and non-toxic pheromone-based mosquito traps are great options. Just remember to set traps in areas that are out of reach of children and pets.

Non-Toxic Alternatives

Insect dust diatomaceous earth is a safe alternative because it’s a mechanical killer that’s harmful to the exoskeleton of pests. Diatomaceous earth is a light dust that clings to the bodies of insects, and as they crawl through the dust, it cuts into the exoskeleton, causing the insect to dry out and die within 48 hours. Diatomaceous earth is good for pests such as ants, cockroaches, and fleas. Just make sure you don’t buy the diatomaceous earth that’s for swimming pools, which has added chemicals.

Keeping a spray bottle filled with soapy water is another line of defense against pests because it kills ants and cockroaches. Other alternatives include catnip, which kills cockroaches, and citrus, which is a natural repellent for fleas.

There are many non-toxic options available to prevent pests from entering your home or to get rid of them while keeping your children and pets safe.